We’ve got another lovely from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is the She Wears It Well palette. These stunning neutrals are inspired by 1930′s Classic Hollywood glamour with an updated modern style. A mixture of matte and shimmer, She Wears It Well holds a multitude of possibilities to keep you constantly inspired.
Let’s take a look inside!
Here she is in all of her limelight.
The left side of the palette holds the sparkling shimmers that glitter with hints of precious metals.
The larger middle shade, in Sunset, is stunning.
And to complete the collection, here are the left side mattes.
And now for the swatches! The claim is that “This palette can be worn dry for a sheer wash of color of wet for an intensified finish! ” So, for each of the shadows, I have a dry, wet and an UD primer swatch for comparison.
All swatches L to R: Primer, Wet, Dry.
Trophy is white gold shimmer. It is perfect for brow highlighting, upper lid brightening, blending and softening the other colors.
Latte is coppery bronze shimmer. This is great for the lid, pulling into the crease and lining the lower and upper lashes.
Glow is a straight on antiqued gold shimmer. This color is all about the drama. Want a little bit of a Midas touch? Sweep Glow all over the lid and up into the crease.
Foxy deepens into an unforgettable bronze shimmer with touches of copper when the light hits it. Use this for a metallic smokey look that accentuates the crease and lid.
Sunset is full on copper gold exactly like the last rays of a sunset. Layer it on wet for a bold look or sweep it on dry for just a touch of sun and sparkle.
Frosting wants to belong to the right hand side of this palette and straddles the edges of both matte and shimmer. It is a peachy pink neutral and could barely be seen on my pink toned skin when applied dry. It is still subtle with primer and I had to really layer it up with the wet application to get it to show up on camera. This is your go-to highlighter for the brow and I could also recommend it blended into your blush to get some great contouring.
Almond is a yellowed matte neutral. This is very light and again barely shows up with the dry application. Though, for you darker complexion starlets, this will be a very dramatic color. For the rest of us, we can utilize it for blending and highlighting.
Onyx is a black matte. You can’t have a neutral palette without including a black to add drama and line the lids. I deviated from my swatch pattern slightly to see how well the thin side of the brush worked as a liner. Below is L to R: Primer, Wet liner, Wet, Dry. It’s not bad for a black, but use it wet or with a primer if you want any color payoff.
Toffee is a taupe matte and is quite versatile in all the swatch techniques. Under a primer, it is rich and earthly. Applied wet, it is perfect for the crease to create a great smoked look. And, a dry application will give you many, many blendable looks.
You might be saying to yourself, “Not another neutral palette.” I know because I thought it too. However, once I got into the swatches, I was pretty amazed that these colors seemed pretty differentiated from other neutral palettes that I own (*cough* Naked, *cough* Naked 2). Don’t believe me? I’ll show you comparisons in the next post!
Here are the claims:
The She Wears It Well palette consists of 9 versatile, matte and shimmer high-pigment eye shadows that offer long-wearing, crease-free color. This palette can be worn dry for a sheer wash of color of wet for an intensified finish! The matte shades have a velvety smooth finish for a crease-free eye while the shimmer shades are clinically proven to firm, hydrate, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle. She Wears It Well retails for $34 and is available at Anastasia.net and Sephora.
I’ll be honest, I feel you are wasting your time with most of these colors if you rely on a dry application. They certainly aren’t terrible when applied dry and if you want a very soft and subtle look please proceed. But, I want my shadows deep and dramatic. If you are like me, stick with a primer or wet application. Being a shimmer connoisseur, I’m more drawn to the left side than the right side mattes. But, these are great mattes. They are not powdery, like many others I’ve encountered and blend beautifully with what, I would agree, is a velvet smooth finish. I had absolutely no issues with creasing and with a primer application, these babies held on to my lids for a good ten hours straight.
As for the claims of hydrating and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, I want to see the clinical study. These are made with:
Youthful SynergyTM Complex in Shimmer Shades Brown Algae – A key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin. Diamond Core Powder – Diffuses light for a soft focus effect. Sea Whip Extract – Soothes the skin Macadamia derivative – A natural hydrator capable of holding up to 300% more water in the skin. Powerful antioxidants of Vitamins A, B, C, E, and F.
Balkan Botanical Infusion®
I can’t refute that brown algae, sea whip extract and macadamia derivatives sound convincingly effective. But, being that I work in a clinical study industry, I’m always a skeptic. Again, I want to see the clinical study efficacy parameters. I don’t have many eye wrinkles so I don’t count on seeing dramatic results and my eyes certainly weren’t dry after all day wear and removal. I think I’d have to wear these every day for many weeks to fully test the claims.
I dug around and found the following on http://www.mybeautyclinic.net/ :
Clinically proven results:
Clinical result reported at 1 hour is:
• 29% increase in skin hydration. Clinical results reported at 4 weeks are:
• Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on upper eyelid and brow area are reduced.
• Appearance of upper eyelid puffiness is reduced.Consumer test results after 4 weeks of use:
70% noticed reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the eyelid
77% noticed eye area appears illuminated
83% noticed eyelid appears smoother
70% noticed eyelid appears firmer
68% noticed hooded lid appears less visible
83% noticed overall eye area appears lighter/brighterClinical test results after 4 weeks this eye area appears:
• Less Puffy
Results may vary, though significant results were seen after 1 hour of application.
Stay tuned for another follow up post with five inspired looks and see if “She Wears It Well”!
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